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Associations Among Fluid Intake, Cognitive Function, and Length of Stay in Psychogeriatric Inpatients
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2014
© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
How to Cite
Archer, S. J., Barna, A. E., Holper, R. M., Forsyth, D. M., Ellenbecker, S. M., Smith, L. K., Clobes, J. E., Meiers, S. J., Malone, C. and Lapid, M. I. (2014), Associations Among Fluid Intake, Cognitive Function, and Length of Stay in Psychogeriatric Inpatients. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12065
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 8 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Received: 15 JAN 2013
- length of stay;
- Mini-Mental State Examination
The purpose of this study was to examine differences, interactions, and associations among cognition, fluid intake, and demographic variables that may affect length of stay (LOS) for psychogeriatric inpatients aged 65 years or older.
Design and Methods
Descriptive, comparative, correlational secondary analysis of data from a primary study of 202 inpatients.
Older adults with and without cognitive impairment had different fluid intake over time (F = 3.50; p = .03), but had no difference in LOS in relation to cognitive functioning (p = .23); additional factors may predict LOS.
Care providers must monitor the fluid intake of elderly patients with and without cognitive impairment throughout their hospitalization.